List of colleges and universities in Rhode Island

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This is a list of colleges and universities in the U.S. state of Rhode Island, colleges and universities defined as being so listed by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education.[1] There are currently 12 such institutions operating in the state, including nine universities, one associates college, and two special-focus institutions.

The state's three public institutions are administered by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education. The state operates two public universities, the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, as well as the Community College of Rhode Island, which offers degrees at six locations. The Naval War College, operated by the federal United States Navy, is located in Newport. The oldest school in the state is Brown University, a member of the Ivy League and the only Rhode Island institution founded before the American Revolution. The newest is the Community College of Rhode Island, founded in 1964 in Providence as Rhode Island Junior College. Enrollment sizes range from the Naval War College at 550 students to the state's flagship public university, the University of Rhode Island, which serves over 15,000 students.

The institutions included on this list are all accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.[2]


Hope College and Manning Hall at Brown University
The George E. Bello Center at Bryant University
Quadrangle at the University of Rhode Island
Clock tower of University Library at Roger Williams University
School Location(s)[3] Affiliation[3] Type[3][a] Enrollment Founded
Brown University Providence Private Research university 8,695 1764[4]
Bryant University Smithfield Private Masters university 3,606 1863[5]
Community College of Rhode Island 6 locations Public Associates college 17,893 1964[6]
Johnson & Wales University Providence Private Masters university 10,974 1914[7]
Naval War College Newport Public (Federal) Masters university 550[8][b] 1884[9]
New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich Private School of technology 3,298 1940[10]
Lincoln Technical Institute Lincoln Private School of technology 731 1946[11]
Providence College Providence Private (Catholic) Masters university 3,800 1917[12]
Rhode Island College Providence Public Masters university 9,155 1854[13]
Rhode Island School of Design Providence Private School of art 2,406 1877[14]
Roger Williams University Bristol Private Masters university 5,220[c] 1956[15]
Salve Regina University Newport Private (Catholic) Masters university 2,618 1934[16]
University of Rhode Island Kingston (South Kingstown) Public Research university 16,564 1892[17]

Defunct institutions[edit]

School Location(s) Founded Closed
Barrington College Barrington 1900 1985[18]
Gibbs College Cranston 1911 2009
Mount Saint Joseph College Wakefield 1975
Rhode Island College of Pharmacy and Allied Sciences Providence 1902[19] 1957[20]
Scholfield's Commercial College Providence 1846[21]  ?
Seminary of Our Lady of Providence Warwick 1939[22] 1975[22]

See also[edit]


^a The types listed here are as categorized in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

^b The Naval War College is not categorized by the Carnegie Classification. However, it is comparable to the Naval Postgraduate School, which is categorized as a masters university.

^c The enrollment count for Roger Williams University includes 608 students at the School of Law, which is listed as a separate school in IPEDS.


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  2. ^ "Membership Roster: Postsecondary Institutions New Hampshire". New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)". U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  4. ^ "History of Brown". Brown University. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Quick Facts About Bryant". Bryant University. Archived from the original on 2007-12-23. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  6. ^ "Our History". Community College of Rhode Island. Archived from the original on 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  7. ^ "The History of Johnson & Wales". Johnson & Wales University. Archived from the original on 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  8. ^ "Iraq War energizes Naval War College". Associate Press. 2003-04-01. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  9. ^ Naval War College. "NWC History". Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  10. ^ Eltsworth, Peter (2006-05-10). "NEIT trains tomorrow's auto pros". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  11. ^ "Lincoln Technical Institute in Lincoln, RI (Providence)". Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  12. ^ "College History". Providence College. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  13. ^ "About RIC - History". Rhode Island College. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  14. ^ "RISD: About RISD". Rhode Island School of Design. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  15. ^ "History & Traditions". Roger Williams University. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  16. ^ "Quick Facts". Salve Regina University. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  17. ^ "History of the University". University of Rhode Island. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  18. ^ "Closed School List". Colleges & Universities (CIHE) / Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2017-04-15. 
  19. ^ Page 123, Rhode Island: A Guide to the Smallest State (Federal Writers' Program, 1937)
  20. ^ Page 244, The Civic and Architectural Development of Providence, 1636-1950 (John Hutchins Cady, 1957)
  21. ^ Greene, Welcome Arnold (1886). The Providence Plantations for Two Hundred and Fifty Years. Providence, RI: J. A. & R. A. Reid. p. 174. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  22. ^ a b "History: The Beginnings of Catholicism in Rhode Island". Roman Catholic Diocense of Providence. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 

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